Unless you’ve been living in a cave recently, you could not have missed all the chatter, spin and opinion being delivered about the “bail out” bill passed by the House and Senate and signed by the President this week.
One thing about this that strikes me as odd is how casually people toss around “$700 billion dollars”. I think this stems from the fact that we can’t really comprehend the size of a number like 700,000,000,000.
It’s a stupefying amount of money.
How much is $700,000,000,000 dollars?
Consider this. . .
If you had 700 billion one dollar bills and you wanted to count them, it would take you 22,197 years. That is assuming you counted a bill once a second, 24 hours a day.
If you laid all your bills end-to-end, the trail would run for 67,834,596 miles — the equivalent of 142 round-trips to the Moon.
Prefer to stack your bills on top of each other? You’re going to need a really long ladder as a stack of 700 billion one-dollar bills would be 47,506 miles high.
Of course your stack of $700 billion would only be 475 miles high if you had 100 dollar bills.
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